Brooklyn Takes American Craft Brewing to Sweden

March 27 marked the culmination of a partnership between Carlsberg Sweden and Brooklyn Brewery: Nya Carnegiebryggeriet – a new craft brewery in Sweden.

“Since our company’s founding, we’ve always looked outward. Steve Hindy and I both discovered beer while traveling abroad. The Ottaways grew up in far-flung places around the globe. And in Sweden we’ve found a real community that has welcomed us with open arms. It’s only natural that we partner with our friends here to create a new chapter in brewing,” says Brooklyn’s Brewmaster Garrett Oliver in a press release.

A subsidiary of Brooklyn Brewery will operate Nya Carnegiebryggeriet, which is the first overseas joint venture with an American brewery. The Swedish-based staff – brewmaster Anders Wendler, general manager Fredrik Vogel, and brewers Josefine Karlsson, Christoffer Thurgesson, and Karl Fornarve – was hired by and trained at Brooklyn Brewery.

While Brooklyn Lager, Brooklyn Hammarby Syndrome (the brewery is located in Hammarby Sjöstad) and Carnegie Porter 175 are on tap, the lineup of beers are unique to this brewery: Nya Carnegie Kellerbier, Nya Carnegie Amber, Nya Carnegie Primus Lux, Nya Carnegie Lumens in Tenebris and Nya Carnegie J.A.C.K. (a sessionable IPA).

Also part of the partnership is a restaurant, run by manager Tobias Nordahl and head chef Billy White.

“Restaurant Nya Carnegiebryggeriet is an amazing project. What inspired me the most was meeting with the brewers and talking with Brewmaster Oliver about his philosophy of pairing beer with food,” says White in a press release. “Their knowledge of craft really rubbed off. In the kitchen, we are striving to put into action the ideas from Oliver’s book, Brewmaster’s Table.”

The restaurant and the brewery will be open to the public on April 9.

Brooklyn Brewery was founded by Steve Hindy and Tom Potter in 1988, with Garrett Oliver coming on as Brewmaster in 1994. A partnership in Sweden is a natural step for the brewery: outside New York City, Sweden is the largest consumer of Brooklyn’s beers.

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